Spicy chocolate banana bread

Banana bread is a great invention. It presents itself as a healthy option and it tastes like cake.

Spicy chocolate banana bread with chia seeds


  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups spelt flour
  • 4 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 100g dark chocolate, cut into tiny bits


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  2. Line a loaf tin with baking paper and set aside.
  3. Mash 3 of the bananas in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the beaten egg, maple syrup, if using), coconut oil and vanilla and mix well.
  5. Sift the flour and cacao powder into a separate bowl with the cinnamon, chilli powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and fold in.
  7. Add the chia seeds and the chopped chocolate bits and mix to combine.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin.
  9. Cut the remaining banana lengthways down the middle.
  10. Place the two halves on top of the batter and press down a little.
  11. Bake in the oven for 55-60 mins until a skewer placed in the centre of the loaf comes out clean.
  12. Allow to rest for 10 mins then remove from the tin and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  13. Store in an air-tight container until ready to use.
Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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